5.29.19 – Weekly Scoop

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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Reserve Survey Now Available!

The Reserve Survey is now open via the APFA website, and will remain available until Friday, June 14th, 2019. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts on how Reserve should be structured.

How do I access the survey?
You may access this survey by using this direct link or by clicking on the image above.


How long will the survey be open?
This survey will be available during the following times:

Opened – Friday, May 24, 2019
Closes – Friday, June 14, 2019

I can’t seem to log in to the APFA website.  How do I get help?

To register or reset your password, click register on the home page. You will be prompted to input your email address or employee number.

If you are unable to reset your password or need help registering you may contact:

  • APFA Membership Department  (817) 540-0108 ext. 8153
  • APFA Dues Department  (817) 540-0108 ext. 8151

DFW Negotiations Road Show, May 22nd

Upcoming Negotiations Road Shows

June 25—MIA (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Miami International Airport Hotel
NW 20th Street & Le Jeune Road
Miami, FL  33122
Terminal E, Auditorium D1 & D2

June 26—RDU (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Park
4620 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703
Phone #:  919-941-6066
*Complimentary Parking

June 27—CLT (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport
2400 Cascade Pointe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone #:  704-790-7000

-Lori Bassani, Sara Corrigan, Kelly Hagan, Paul Hartshorn, Jr, Timothy Legeros, Brian Morgan, Mario St. Michel, APFA Negotiating Committee,negotiators@apfa.org

Preserving the Staircase

Yesterday, APFA Historian Jennifer Brissette, National Safety/Security Chair Jeffrey Ewing, Retired APFA Historian Sally Prater, and Strategic Communications Specialist Josh Black visited the construction grounds of The Lodge at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center.

APFA is involved with the salvaging of the iconic staircase, stone wall, and medallion that holds great significance to the American Airlines Flight Attendants.

The stone wall and medallion have been disassembled and are being temporarily stored until it’s new home is completed at the C.R. Smith Museum. APFA visited the site to ensure that American is following their commitment to preserving our history.

Stewardess College iconic staircase

-Jennifer Brissette, APFA Historian, historian@apfa.org

APFA Telephone Town Hall, June 5th, 1200 CST

To join the call, dial 1-855-840-6970

APFA Headquarters Attendees:

  • National Officers
  • Negotiating Committee
  • Contract/Scheduling
  • Health/IOD
  • Safety
  • Communications

We look forward to hearing from you!

Calling All Activists! We Need YOU!

Help distribute information and materials for important issues and events during this round of bargaining.

As an Activist you’ll be one of the firsts to receive accurate and factual information to share on the line.

National President Bassani presents DFW F/A Oscar Orellana his Activist Pin

-Robin Charbonneau, APFA National Communications Chair, communications@apfa.org

Aflac Health Advocate

If you signed up for Aflac supplement insurance, your membership gives you access to Aflac Health Advocate, a no cost 24/7 Concierge Service to help you navigate any insurance related questions. To find out more about this service and how it works – Click here

-Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa,org

Know Your Contract!

Section 6.C.2.

At points other than the Flight Attendant’s crew base, where the Company’s scheduled or prearranged transportation is not available within twenty (20) minutes after such is requested by the Flight Attendant, the Flight Attendant will be authorized to take alternate transportation to the hotel.  On overnights scheduled for less than ten (10) hours and thirty (30) minutes, transportation shall be available within ten (10) minutes and the twenty (20) minute wait set forth above shall not apply.

  1. The expense for the transportation shall be paid by the hotel, or
  1. If the hotel refuses to pay for alternate transportation, the Flight Attendant shall pay for the transportation and be reimbursed by the Company or the Company may provide a cab voucher.
  1. Reimbursement shall be made on the paycheck containing the pay exceptions for the month following the submission of the expense.  The Company may require receipts to be submitted from a Flight Attendant seeking reimbursement.

Please document all transportation issues with the apfa.org hotel/transportation debrief.

-Julia Simpson, APFA National Hotel Chair, hotel@apfa.org

When’s My Vacation?

Vacation and IOD

Flight Attendants receiving Salary Continuance shall accrue sick and vacation up to six (6) months. Vacation is banked, and the Flight Attendant can rebid their vacation when they return to work for later in the year or carry it over to the next year. If the F/A returns to work prior to their originally awarded vacation days, vacation can be reinstated over the original dates or the F/ A can request a vacation payout for a full or a portion of the remaining vacation days.

Section 8-c. 7 di

A Flight Attendant who has been awarded vacation prior to the beginning of an unpaid leave of absence and whose vacation falls during the leave of absence shall have one opportunity to exercise one of the following options:

i. A Flight Attendant may request a payout for all or part of her/his vacation at the commencement or return to duty from a leave of absence.

-Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org

Buddy Bidding

When buddy bidding in the Training Bidding System (TBS), you must be in the same status as the Flight Attendant you are bidding with. For example, if July is your training month your buddy bidder must also have July as their training month as well.

– Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA JSIC, jsiccommittee@apfa.org

I’m Ready

Upcoming Retirement Seminars: DCA, EWR, JFK and LGA

The Retirement Department will be conducting the following seminars in June and July:

  • June 19th – DCA – 1100-1400  Hub Gathering Room, Center Pier (next to Flight Service)
  • July 29th – EWR – 1100-1400  Conference Room off of Flight Service
  • July 30th – JFK – 1100-1400  Third Floor Conference Room (next to Pilot Operations)
  • July 31st – LGA – 1100-1400  Third Floor Conference Room

These seminars cover a wide range of topics including: Retiree Travel, 401(K), Pensions, COBRA, and Medicare.

Legacy American Airlines Flight Attendants: Download a pension estimate from the Pension Service Center page on jetnet.

Legacy US Airways Flight Attendants: Request a copy of their pension estimate from the PBGC by calling 800-400-7242.

Members unable to attend the seminars are always welcome to watch the retirement webinar series available on the APFA Retirement Page, as well as download the Good Slide! retirement handout.

Everyone is welcome regardless of base or seniority – no need to RSVP.

Kim Coats Tuck, APFA National Retirement Specialist, retirement@apfa.org

 It’s Too Hot!

Warm Cabin & Boarding

Summer is upon us, therefore please remember to follow warm cabin boarding procedures. You can find them located in the IFM -> General Policies & Procedures -> Boarding -> Guidelines for boarding a warm a cabin.

Additionally, you can report warm cabin and boarding through the APFA website under Safety & Security or by clicking the image below.

-Jeffrey Ewing, APFA National Safety and Security Chair, safety@apfa.org

As of today, there have been 5,027 Flight Attendants who have filed Uniform Reaction Reports.

Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.

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